Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Great Exception

Originally posted on teaching personally:
I’m pleased to announce that my book will be published on 19th February. Pre-ordering is now available at  Amazon preorders   or it will be available from selected bookshops or direct from John Catt publishers in…

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Retrieval and encoding: getting off to a good start

Since developing my understanding of formative assessment and retrieval practice, I have always attempted to ensure that my lessons begin with a clear recap of prior learning (retrieval), coupled with questions about forthcoming learning which allow me to identify gaps…

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How I wish I’d taught maths

The following is an excerpt from the Introduction to my book “How I wish I’d taught maths: lessons learned from research, conversations with experts, and 12 years of mistakes”. The book is available from Amazon, and all good (and evil) book … Continue reading

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The Innocent Child?

Originally posted on John Kenny Education Blog:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an 18th-century philosopher who wrote the very influential work on education titled Emile, or On Education. The book poses that a person is born into innate human goodness and is then corrupted…

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We can do better than Reading Recovery

Originally posted on John Kenny Education Blog:
Reading Recovery (RR) is a short-term tutoring intervention that provides one-on-one tutoring to first-grade students who are struggling in reading and writing. It has been a popular program, but it is now on the…

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Finnstralia

Originally posted on John Kenny Education Blog:
In the year 2001, Finland was recognised for educational excellence, doing very well in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA measures student performance in Reading, Mathematics and Science and Finland placed…

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Vocabulary: My new approach.

Originally posted on A better song to sing:
A few years ago I played football with a very handsome young man, he was an actor and a model. On the surface his life was very simple, it basically involved being…

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80/20 Principle for GCSE Literature exams.

Originally posted on A better song to sing:
In November of last year I sat down with Chris Runeckles to discuss some success I had with my Year Eleven students. During the discussion we found that one of the key…

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“We can get form tutors to do that”

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Terrible Advice for Teachers #1

Originally posted on Reflections of a Maths Teacher:
Recently, when talking to my NQT mentor about the behaviour in a challenging Year 10 class I teach, I expressed the following thought: ‘I completely understand the need to use praise and…

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